Ranking the Chargers best free-agent signings under Tom Telesco

Alejandro Lew
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1. C Corey Linsley

The Chargers had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2020 and that was unfortunately a trend that Chargers fans were accustomed to. Even with all of the pressure in his face, Justin Herbert shattered many rookie quarterback records in 2020, making it clear that improving the offensive line was a priority.

The Chargers made a bold move to address that priority by signing center Corey Linsley from the Green Bay Packers to a five-year $62.5 million dollar deal. This made him the highest-paid center in NFL history at the time.

Since then, Linsley has become Herbert’s top bodyguard and a very important piece for the running game as well. He allowed five QB hits, zero pressures, and zero sacks last year with the Chargers.

After playing over 1,200 snaps with the team, Linsley hasn’t allowed a sack on Herbert in two years, putting himself as the best pass-blocking center in the league. His veteran presence leading the offensive line is also tremendously important as he holds everything together up front.

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Linsley has three more years under contract with the Bolts and even at 31 years old, he has not shown any signs of slowing down.